Sarawak state election, 1996

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Sarawak state election, 1996
Sarawak
← 1991 7-8 September 1996 2001 →

All 62 seats in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
32 seats needed for a majority
Registered 814,347
Turnout 372,594 (64.18%)
  Majority party Minority party
  Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.jpg
Leader Abdul Taib Mahmud Wong Sing Nang
Party Barisan Nasional DAP
Leader since 26 March 1981 (1981-03-26) Unknown
Leader's seat Asajaya Pelawan
Last election 49 seats, 62.8% 0 seat, 9.7%
Seats before 56 0
Seats won 57 3
Seat change Increase1 Increase3
Popular vote 242,839 32,421
Percentage 67.7% 9.0%
Swing Increase4.9% Decrease0.6%

Chief Minister before election

Abdul Taib Mahmud
Barisan Nasional

Subsequent chief minister

Abdul Taib Mahmud
Barisan Nasional

The seventh Sarawak state election was held between Saturday, 7 September and Sunday, 8 September 1996 with nomination date on Tuesday, 27 August 1996. The Sarawak State Assembly was dissolved on 15 August 1996 before its expiration on 28 November 1996. There were 62 seats available but only 43 were contested on the election day. This election saw 814,347 registered voters with 64.18% voters turned up to cast their votes.[1]

Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) which was consisting of Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP), Sarawak National Party (SNAP), Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), and Sarawak Dayak People's Party (PBDS) fielded candidates for all 62 seats, followed by Democratic Action Party (DAP) fielding 6 candidates, while there were 60 independents jostling for 38 state seats in Sarawak. A total of 128 candidates was successfully nominated on the nomination day. PBDS which was an opposition party back in 1991 election, was re-accepted into Sarawak BN in 1994.[1]

Results[edit]

Results by party[edit]

Enrolled voters 814,347 Votes cast 372,594 Turnout 45.75%
Did not vote 441,753 Informal votes 5,876 Informal 1.58%
Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1991 Dissolution Elected % Change # % Change
Barisan Nasional BN Abdul Taib Mahmud 62 49 56 57 91.94 241,666 66.50
Independent 60 0 0 2 3.23 89,294 24.57
Democratic Action Party DAP Wong Sing Nang 6 0 0 3 4.84 32,421 8.92
Total 128 56 56 62 100.00 363,381 100.00

Results by constituency[edit]

There were 19 seats won uncontested by Sarawak BN on the nomination day. On the polling day, Sarawak BN won 38 out of 43 seats contested, thus made up to a total of 57 seats. DAP had made the first breakthrough by winning 3 seats as compared to previous state elections where the party returned empty handed. The remaining two seats were won by independents.[1]

A total of 5 election petitions was filed to the Sarawak high court after the election:

Petition for N08 Padungan was filed by an independent candidate
Petition for N22 Bukit Begunan was filed by an independent candidate
Petition for N45 Balingian was filed by an independent candidate
Petition for N52 Kemena was filed by DAP
Petition for N53 Kidurong was filed by BN

The list of elected representatives is listed below:[2]

No. State Constituency Elected state assembly members Elected party
BN 57 | DAP 3 | IND 2
N01 Tanjung Datu Datuk Ramsay Noel Jitam BN
N02 Tasik Biru Peter Nansian Anak Nqusie BN
N03 Pantai Damai Datin Paduka Sharifah Mordiah Tuanku Fauzi [nb 1] BN
N04 Demak Laut Dr Abang Draup Zamahari Pengirang Zen BN
N05 Tupong Daud Abdul Rahman BN
N06 Satok Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg BN
N07 Samariang Dona Babel BN
N08 Padungan Datuk Song Swee Guan BN
N09 Pending Sim Kheng Hui BN
N10 Batu Lintang Chan Seng Khai BN
N11 Batu Kawah Alfred Yap Chin Loi BN
N12 Asajaya Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud [nb 1] BN
N13 Muara Tuang Datuk Adenan Satem [nb 1] BN
N14 Bengoh William Tanyuh BN
N15 Tarat Roland Sagah Wee Inn [nb 1] BN
N16 Tebedu Michael Manyin Anak Jawong BN
N17 Kedup Federick Bayoi Manggie BN
N18 Sadong Jaya Wan Abdul Wahab Wan Sanusi BN
N19 Simunjan Mohamad Naroden Majais BN
N20 Sebuyau Julaihi Narawi [nb 1] BN
N21 Betting Maro Bolhassan Di BN
N22 Bukit Begunan Mong Ak Dagang BN
N23 Simanggang Francis Harden Anak Hollis BN
N24 Engkilili Toh Heng San BN
N25 Batang Ai Dublin Unting Ingkot BN
N26 Saribas Dr Haji Wahbi Bin Haji Junaidi BN
N27 Layar Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang [nb 1] BN
N28 Kalaka Abdul Wahab Aziz [nb 1] BN
N29 Krian Peter Nyarok Entire BN
N30 Belawai Haji Hamden Ahmad [nb 1] BN
N31 Serdeng Datuk Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar BN
N32 Matu Daro Datuk Abdul Wahab Dolah BN
N33 Meradong Yii Chu Lik IND
N34 Repok Datuk David Teng Lung Chi [nb 1] BN
N35 Pakan Datuk William Mawan Anak Ikom BN
N36 Meluan Geman Anak Itam BN
N37 Ngemah Gabriel Adit Demong BN
N38 Machan Datuk Gramong Juna BN
N39 Bukit Assek Wong Ho Leng DAP
N40 Dudong Dr Soon Choon Teck [nb 1] BN
N41 Bawang Assan Datuk Wong Soon Koh BN
N42 Pelawan Wong Sing Nang DAP
N43 Nangka Awang Bemee Awang Ali Basah [nb 1] BN
N44 Dalat Datuk Effendi Norwawi BN
N45 Balingian Abdul Ajis Abdul Majeed BN
N46 Tamin Joseph Entulu Belaun BN
N47 Kakus John Sikie Tayai [nb 1] BN
N48 Pelagus Datuk Sng Chee Hua [nb 1] BN
N49 Katibas Ambrose Blikau Enturan [nb 1] BN
N50 Baleh Datuk Dr James Jemut Masing BN
N51 Belaga Stanley Ajang Batok BN
N52 Kemena Celestine Ujang Anak Jilan [nb 1] BN
N53 Kidurong Wong Sing Ai DAP
N54 Jepak Talib Bin Zulpilip BN
N55 Lambir T E Aidan Wing BN
N56 Piasau Datuk Dr George Chan Hong Nam BN
N57 Senadin Lee Kim Shin BN
N58 Marudi Sylvester Entri Anak Muran [nb 1] BN
N59 Telang Usan Kebing Wan IND
N60 Limbang Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min [nb 1] BN
N61 Lawas Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hassan [nb 1] BN
N62 Ba'kelalan Dr Judson Sakai Tagal [nb 1] BN
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Won uncontested

Percentage of votes garnered by each party[edit]

[3]

Political parties Number of
votes
Percentage of
votes (%)
National Front 242,839 67.65
Democratic Action Party 32,421 9.03
Independent (60 candidates) 83,686 23.31
Total 358,946 100

Summary[edit]

[4]

Party Seats
contested
Seats won
Barisan Nasional: 62 57
    Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu 30 29
    Sarawak United People's Party 17 13
    Sarawak National Party 7 7
    Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak 8 8
Democratic Action Party 6 3
Independent (19 candidates) 60 2
Total (where applicable) N/A 62

References[edit]